The 7th Annual SEND Conference 2017 will provide attendees with a timely opportunity to discuss innovative methods for ensuring effective SEND provision and receive guidance on overcoming challenges associated with meeting the SEND Code of Practice and new funding structure requirements.

Participants will also hear from leading practitioners that are successfully implementing early interventions, raising educational attainment and improving support to enhance the future of all children and young people with SEND.


  • André Imich, SEN and Disability Professional Adviser, Department for Education
  • Nigel Thompson, Head of Inspections, Children’s Health and Justice, Care Quality Commission (CQC)
  • Dr Rona Tutt OBE, Author of Rona Tutt’s Guide to SEND and Inclusion, SEND Consultant and Former President, National Association of Headteachers (NAHT)
  • Dr Adam Boddison, Chief Executive, NASEN
  • Professor Sonia Blandford, Founder and Chief Executive, Achievement for All 


The ‘Special Educational Needs in England: January 2016′ report published by the Department for Education, confirmed that 14.4% of all school pupils have special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND).

The passing of the Children and Families Act 2014 made clear the government’s desire to provide effective, quality support for all children and young people with SEND, as the Act brought about the biggest reform to SEND provision in over 30 years. Since then, the government has reinforced its commitment to further reform, with the introduction of a number of significant initiatives and changes. It commissioned the Rochford Review, resulting in the proposal of major changes to SEND assessment; published the School and High Needs Funding Consultation; and established new joint Ofsted/Care Quality Commission (CQC) local area inspections, which started in 2016.

With the SEND sector now in its third year since the Act came into force and further changes introduced and also to come, it is clear that schools, local authorities, health care professionals and the voluntary sector must remain vigilant, cooperative and consistent in their implementation of high quality SEND provision. Without such a commitment,  services will ultimately fail to meet the needs of children and young people with SEND that deserve to reach their academic and social potential in a rapidly changed SEND landscape.


This Conference is specifically designed for Primary and Secondary Schools, Local Authorities and Charities. Typical job titles will include:

  • Special Education Providers
  • SEND Teachers
  • SENCOs
  • Headteachers
  • Assistant Headteachers
  • Directors of Education
  • Social Inclusion Managers
  • Children and Youth Services Directors
  • Directors of Schools and Learning
  • Social Workers


*This Conference is also open to the wider public sector, as well as the private and voluntary sectors to encourage networking and debate.

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